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How Much Does it Cost to Print a Book?

For many aspiring authors, cost is a big factor in whether or not they take the plunge into self-publishing. We understand that here at Type & Tell, and as a leading UK-based publishing services provider we offer a range of publishing and printing options. Type & Tell also allows customers to purchase a publishing package before completing your book, to be used at any time. It's a great way of capitalising on deals and discounts that we might be offering. Our packages can be tailored to suit your self-publishing needs. Customers can also add other standalone services to meet the project requirements for an additional cost.

How Does the Process Work?

Type & Tell accurately estimates all the probable expenses to avoid making losses. Some authors will choose large print runs for a lower cost per book as they expect significant sales, while others will opt for ‘Print on Demand’ with a higher per-book print cost. Then, each book is only printed when a purchase is made, ensuring no surplus. The demand for ebooks has increased recently, with the advantage that there are no print or delivery costs there to chip away at your profit margin.

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Some clients will instinctively opt to only put out ebooks because they believe that the process will be significantly cheaper when compared to print books, which is true, as these digital copies do not come with printing charges because they are not physically made. Still, even our most basic publishing package T&T Basic includes five printed copies of your book as standard, so you will see it in the flesh, as it were.


The ebook delivery method is also obviously cheaper, because they can be sent through an email or downloaded onto a device. However, the fixed costs your initial publishing package do not change, and depend on which combination of editing, design and marketing suit your needs best. Your ebook version will often be priced cheaper, but with Type & Tell’s publishing packages we can prepare both physical and ebook versions so that they’re fully registered and ready to be sold on leading online stores like Amazon.

Here at Type & Tell, we usually agree that ebooks need to be slightly cheaper than the physical copies, but we can help to advise you on potential pricing strategy given the length, content and style of your book. The value of the content to the reader remains the same, irrespective of the delivery format, so we’ll ensure that your book is correctly formatted for both versions. Many self-publishers prefer to print on demand to reduce the chances of making unnecessary losses. We understand this, but we offer great prices either way so will leave the final choice with you. More information on our print services are available across our site.

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Our Publishing Packages

If a customer decides to self-publish a book, we can offer three competitive publishing packages.

T&T Basic: This package suits customers who do not plan to distribute their physical book through retailers. It is the most affordable starting at £199. When you create an account, you have access to our Book Editor, which can be used for FREE to typeset your book. Once complete, if you decide you would like more than five copies, then we offer customers the option of a personal print run, where you can purchase as many copies of your book as you like. We also cater for the registration charges in the British Library. We also supply you with ISBN, technical review services and print-ready PDF files.

T&T Plus: This package favours authors who wish to sell their books through the leading retailers in the world. We also help you to create a cover that attracts your target readers. This package provides you with all the privileges that come with T&T plus a 5% discount for additional editorial, typesetting, project management, marketing and five more printed copies. This package starts at £499.

T&T Pro: This is a premium package that starts at £3399. The package entitles authors to services including editing and detailed publishing assistance through the support of a personal publishing mentor. It can also include creating a premium cover, global distribution, and access to marketing services. In addition to the privileges that come with the above two packages, a 15% discount is offered on project management, editorial, and marketing services. After publication, the author also gets twenty printed copies.

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If you make the decision to partner with Type & Tell, you’ll meet a publisher who offers quality editorial, printing and marketing services at the most competitive charges in the industry. As a reputed and well-established publishing firm, we offer convenient printing deals without exaggerating the printing costs. Type & Tell are a publisher who understands your unique needs and budget. Get in touch today.

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